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Enjoying a peaceful morning

Sunday, December 02, 2012

It is such a beautiful morning! It's quiet, peaceful, and filled with promise. I am looking forward to see what it has in store for me.

I didn't hit the low end of my calorie range again yesterday. Sometimes I feel as if I'm eating so much as it is, but my stars! I have to laugh at the fact I am not eating enough! Who would have thunk it!?

I got my exercise in! *Yay Me!* It wasn't "Walk Away the Pounds," but I walked in place for 15 minutes while watching a movie.

The motivational quote I found is "You don't have to go fast, you just have to go." I love this! It reminds me of the immortal words of Nike: "Just do it!" It doesn't say "Do it as fast or as long as you can or don't do it all..." it says "Just do it!" This isn't an all or nothing message, but get of your tush and do SOMETHING healthy message! *LOL*

So today my goals are:

Eat at least the minimum calories in my range.

Move at least another 15 minutes

Rethink my goals and set them down in writing

Continue to work on my living room

Oh! I have added another food I can't have in the house...not that I ever mentioned my original one! The first one is Nutella! I can eat it by the spoonful (especially with peanut butter!) I don't know what it is about it, but I cannot have it anywhere near me. There is a Spark recipe for a home made version that is so much healthier I'd like to try.

The second thing I can't keep in the house is nuts. I bought a small can of mixed nuts a couple of weeks ago and found myself noshing on them until they were gone, without my even realizing it. The smart thing for me to do would have been to get some snack bags and divided them up into single servings and putting them in the cupboard. Take one down and when it was gone, that was it. I will try this again one day and see if I can do better.

Well, I better go have breakfast and jump into my day. Gosh I love feeling this good and content.

Bright Blessings,
Ame emoticon



  
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CAGMUAHFO2 12/2/2012 5:27PM

    Glad your are having a wonderful morning!!

I rarely ever meet my ranges either. I feel so yucky when I eat the amount I'm supposed to. I'm looking up recipes for smoothies and stuff like that so I can reach my limits and not feel so over stuffed.

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Love the quote!! I'm going to print that one out to add to my list that I have on my wall.



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INNER_PEACE 12/2/2012 2:36PM

    Nuts and Nutella are both delicious! I have a hard time with gnawing on cashews all the time. I like Nutella on top of a banana, and just slicing off pieces of banana with a fork. :)

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/2/2012 1:06PM

    I really like your hopeful blog this morning and this thought too--"You don't have to go fast, you just have to go." Yay! That gives me hope too. emoticon Continue to enjoy your day and I will too. emoticon
Chelsea

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New Month...What a great opportunity~

Saturday, December 01, 2012

I am so excited! Maybe it is the residual energy of the full moon, maybe it is because today is the first day of the last month of the year. I seem to have had a ginormous "SPARK" moment as I was drifting to sleep last night.

I want to end this year on a high note! I don't want to slink into the New Year with my head hanging because I allowed myself to get carried away during the Holidays. I do not plan to make "Lose weight" a resolution for next year! (Not that I make resolutions, I prefer to set goals) Anyway...I am going to print up and keep the quote I mentioned on Thursday where I can see it...on my fridge, at my computer at work and laminate a copy I can carry with me as I journey through the holidays.

I will set daily goals this month, living in the here and now. I know I have a long term goal: To get healthy and fit! But I am working really hard to live in the here and now. So I will go day by day.

I will be blogging much more often as an act of accountability. I will weigh myself once a month on the first day of the month. I will participate more in my teams and be more encouraging to my my friends and teammates. I will accept more challenges.

Today's goals:

1. Meet my calorie range

2. Do a session of Walk away the pounds

3. Find a new motivational quote and meditate & comment on it in my blog.

As for what I'm working on this weekend, I am moving forward. Working on the living room and spending lots of time with my kitty.

Life is good and This is going to be a spectacular December!

This is my Spark! I have copies of this all over to remind me!



Bright blessings and Warm Fuzzies!
Ame

  
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AWESOMECHELZ 12/2/2012 1:47AM

    I love your blog! Very hopeful and I am thinking the same thing. December is a new month for new beginnings for me too AND I also want to start the new year with positive energy. Plus every Sunday is a new beginning of sorts too for me to keep the flame alive. emoticon
The best to you with your goals. emoticon
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TOGEMON 12/1/2012 2:26PM

    The start of each new month is exciting for me too... something about getting a fresh start :) I love your goal of "not slinking into the New Year" :D

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INNER_PEACE 12/1/2012 1:21PM

    Great goals. I've still yet to put my goals down on actual paper to hang them up. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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Baby Steps...must remember baby steps!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Well, I did it again! *Grins* Jumped in, got some of the kitchen done...saw something shiny and went in that direction. I know I don't have ADD or ADHD, but I AM easily distracted. Which explains why I don't finish everything I start. On the upside, I started in on some personal studies I let slip while I was dealing with the thyroid issue and the depression issue...both of which have been resolved. I feel even better and more like my "normal" self than I remember being before I was ill. It is so wonderful to be excited about life again!

All I have to do now on the kitchen is wipe down the counters, sweep and mop. My next project is my living room, which looks like I just moved in. I am going to through all the boxes. Toss what is useless, donate what I can and save only that which I truly love or need.

I did well on my calories yesterday, not so much the exercising. Although I did get movement in while bending, stretching and dancing while cleaning. I am certain I didn't burn many calories, but I was NOT stuck in my chair all day, so I count it a small victory.

I took breaks, but did find myself drawn to be online once in a while, which is of course never just for "a couple of minutes!"

So, baby steps for today:

*Finish kitchen

*Start on living room. Go through 2 boxes before lunch

*Dance when the urge hits (having songs with strong drum beats help with that...gotta move when the drums start)

*Study lesson for 30 quiet minutes

*Remember to set timer for 15 minutes and move on to something else for 15 minutes. Then I can go back to my original activity for 15 minutes. 15 minutes of focused time moves quickly and I get more done.

*IGNORE ANYTHING SHINY!

Time for a little fur baby time, then I am off to be the best I can be today! Yay me!

Bright blessings for a wonderful Friday!
Ame the determined! emoticon

  
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DOTTIEJANE1 11/30/2012 5:13PM

    Sounds like you have a plan . i have got most of mine done ,still have my bedroom to get put in order , then tackle my desk drawers again . Distraction comes to us all ,but am doing better. Have a great weekend .

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TOGEMON 11/30/2012 3:38PM

    I get distracted easily too... usually because I see something that I need to do. The problem is that I never finish what I originally was doing ^^;

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Get Ready...Get Set....GO!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ahhhhhhh...mini vacation...how I love you! *LOL* Yes, it is the first day of my stayca and I am enjoying it immensely already. I slept so well last night and even slept in to 5:45. Wow... I would never have thought I would consider 5;45 as sleeping in! I have come a long way!

My fur baby is thrilled that I am home. She seems rather puzzled that I am still in my jammies, when I am ready and usually out the door for work by this time. She is purring at y side as I stroke her fur, her front paws curling in and out with contentment. I do love her!

For my meditation this morning, I visualized my kitchen sparkling clean. (Living by myself, I tend to let things go...and let's face it...I can be extremely lazy at times!) SO my project today is to clean and organize my kitchen. Wipe down the shelves, clean out the fridge and mop the floor.

Thanks to the FlyLady, I will work in 15 minute increments and switch every 15 minutes to something different so I don't get overwhelmed. This way by the time I am done, everything will clean and fresh.

So goals for today:

1. Eat within my calorie range. (I have a really hard time meeting the lowest end of my range. I really need to figure out how to do that)

2. Dance and/or walk for at least 15 minutes

3. Clean my kitchen so it sparkles and shines: cupboards, fridge, drawers and floor

4. Take short breaks so I don't get burned out

I read a Daily Spark Blog this morning on how to stay on track through the holidays by Tana Jolliffe "Enjoy the holidays and still lose weight." I had a stupendous "Aha" moment when I read one specific comment that made me stop and think:

''I try to remember that Thanksgiving is a single day in November, and Christmas is a single day in December. The holidays do NOT include all the days in between--unless I let them!''

Growing up, the holidays were all encompassing, from Thanksgiving and the arrival of Santa at the end of the Macy's Parade, until Christmas day..and sometimes even till New Years. I have always lumped the whole month into "The Holidays."

What a great shift in thinking! By not indulging (or over indulging) through out the whole month, I can indulge a wee bit on each "Holiday," and not feel the least bit of guilt. I am going to post that quote in my cubicle at work and on my bathroom mirror to remind myself every day. I feel so empowered! Silly as it may seem...this made my day!

So, now I need to finish up here on SP, have some breakfast and jump into my day. Open up the windows and let the fresh air in...love on my cat and have splendiferous day!


Bright Blessings,
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P.S. YOU CAN DO IT! I am so proud of you!

  
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TOGEMON 11/29/2012 7:26PM

    I hope you got the kitchen all cleaned! Taking the short breaks is something I need to do... I get started cleaning and am all excited about it... but then I get burned out and quit. Kind of works that way with my weight loss too, actually XD

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HEYRED221 11/29/2012 2:21PM

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It keeps getting better

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Last night was the most brilliantly,awesomely, Gorgeous Moon EVER! It rose in my window at work and I know my workmate thought I was crazy as I got all excited when I noticed her. I howled in my car all the way home. A good howling just makes me feel good...and impish...

Today is my Friday and I don't have to be back to work until Tuesday. My original adventure for the weekend fell through, but I decided I Need the time off! So five whole days with no "have to do," no "Ought to do," and no "Should do."stuff. That being said, I have five whole days to do what I have wanted to and just never seem to get around to doing. Weeding through all my stuff(Dedicated pack rat here) and clearing my space and my psyche for a brand new year. Stuff I don't need or want, stuff that no longer inspires me or up lifts me up, is heading out the door.

I had a very quiet meditation today, in that there was no "aha" moment. I must admit, I have been pretty spoiled these last few days...*LOL* I kind of wondered what I would blog about. So today's post is rather random.

Oh! A HUGE shout out to Spark People Radio! My thanks and love to Lily and Karen for being my "Wing Girls" even though they don't know it! My morning ritual now includes listening to their wonderfully uplifting and supportive show! Their obvious affection for each other along with their humor and timely topics, makes for a great, solid way to start my day! I love their advice, support, and their chats with Spark members. emoticon

Okay, breakfast time, then off to work!

Have a Marvelous day and don't forget to do at least one thing today that brings you joy!

You are loved, emoticon
Ame

  
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TOGEMON 11/29/2012 10:14AM

    The moon was gorgeous last night! There was a planet right by it... Jupiter or Saturn I guess... looked beautiful :)

Five days of decluttering sounds like so much fun! I'm moving next year so trying to do the same thing... but work keeps getting in the way :P

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HEYRED221 11/28/2012 2:54PM

    I love the moon too! And congrats on having a long weekend to yourself. I plan on doing the same thing next month when I will be off for two weeks - gotta clear out and be ready for the next year :-)

Carolyn

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SENIMMO 11/28/2012 10:27AM

    What a cheerful blog! emoticon emoticon

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